(Thursday, October 23rd)
Final Score: Air Force 23, New Mexico 10
Colorado Springs, CO (Sports Network) - Tim Jefferson had a touchdown pass and also added 64 yards on the ground, as Air Force used a big second half to defeat New Mexico, 23-10, in a Mountian West clash.
Jefferson was just 1-of-2 passing, and fellow quarterback Asher Clark was 0- for-1 but gained 86 yards on 23 carries for the Falcons (6-2, 4-1 Mountain West), who have won three in a row on the heels of a two-game skid. Travis Dekker had a one-yard touchdown grab.
Rodney Ferguson gained 107 yards on 19 carries with a TD for the Lobos (4-5, 2-3), who have dropped two of their last three tilts. Brad Gruner was 8-of-11 for 83 yards in defeat, while Jermaine McQueen had two catches for 46 yards.
Air Force kicked off to start the third quarter and Glover Quin returned it 25 yards before Clay Bryant forced a fumble. Will Keuchler fell on it at the UNM 26 to give the Falcons possession.
Seven plays later, Jefferson hit Dekker for a one-yard TD to make it 17-10 with 12:20 left in the third.
Ryan Harrison booted a 43-yard field goal to give the Falcons a 20-10 lead with 12:51 remaining in the game.
Just over 10 minutes later, Harrison added a 32-yarder to account for the final margin.
New Mexico had 91 yards passing to Air Force's one yard, though, the Falcons won the battle on the ground, 227-212.
Ferguson's two-yard touchdown run gave the Lobos a 7-0 lead with 6:22 left in the first quarter. The score capped a four-play, 11-yard drive that was set up when Clint McPeek recovered Jefferson's fumble.
Just over three minutes later, James Aho nailed a 45-yard field goal to make it 10-0.
Later in the same stanza UNM was deep in Air Force territory approaching the goal line, however, Gruner took the ball himself up the middle as Brandon Reeves forced a fumble. Aaron Kirchoff picked up the loose ball and dashed 96 yards to paydirt as the first quarter expired, and it was a 10-7 game.
With 2:34 remaining in the first half, Harrison connected on a 30-yard field goal to knot the contest up at 10-10.
The deadlock held up through the half.
10/23 23:34:05 ET